Broadcast services company Bexel has added 20 AJA Ki Pro Ultra Plus multichannel recorders and 80 AJA Pak Media PAK1000 1 terabyte solid-state drives (SSDs) to its rental inventory.
The additions, says Bexel, gives customers redundant high-quality recording and storage capabilities for all production sizes and any 2K/4K/HD/UHD workflow.
The Ki Pro Ultra Plus is a multichannel recorder and player featuring a built-in HD LCD monitor, enabling simultaneous recording of up to four HD channels or single-channel recording of 4K or UHD content. The device supports all Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD MXF formats and large raster, high-frame-rate workflows such as 4K 60p, with connectivity options including 3G-SDI, fiber, and HDMI 2.0. The Ki Pro Ultra Plus includes a built-in carry handle for portability or can be rack-mounted in 2 RU.
The AJA Pak Media PAK1000 is a SSD storage device encased in protective housing, with a USB 3.0 connection. Ki Pro Ultra Plus users can capture up to 1 terabyte of content directly to the PAK1000 for recording in up to 4K at 60p in Apple ProRes HQ.
With the AJA investment, Bexel is able to equip its customers for recording up to four PAK1000 SSDs with every Ki Pro Ultra Plus.
“AJA is a very important partner of ours, and its Ki Pro line has an outstanding industry reputation and a proven track record on many high-profile productions,” said Bexel VP/Technology Tom Dickinson. “Many of our customers are looking to add 4K productions to their existing HD-based workflows, and the Ki Pro Ultra Plus lets them do that cost-effectively by supporting both types of productions with a single recorder. Also, the ability to record four HD channels at the same time with a single box not only lowers the cost per channel, but provides the redundancy needed for live programs such as awards shows.”
Nick Rashby, President of AJA Video Systems, added, “Bexel is a powerhouse resource for filmmakers and television producers, and this investment is further validation of the value and reliability of our Ki Pro family of recorders.”